Mini is hopping on the all-electric bandwagon, but we don’t hate it. Mini Cooper plans to go all-electric by 2030, selling the last gas-powered model in 2025. This comes after the UK announced a ban on internal combustion vehicles for 2030.
Mini adds an all-electric car to the lineup
Der Spiegel reports that Mini wants to be the first brand within the BMW group to become all-electric. It notes that Mini plans to release the last gas-powered model in 2025.
“The first electric mini to be produced locally for the Chinese market will also emerge from this partnership in 2023,” author Martin Hesse said. By 2027, the company hopes to have electric vehicles make up half of the sales.
Currently, Mini offers the Cooper in various trims, the Countryman and the Clubman. The Mini Cooper SE is electric already. Since this is a fairly small lineup, it should be easy to convert the cars to electric.
It might seem like a leap, but it sounds like Mini is just announcing big plans with plenty of time to get the plans into motion.
Automakers are making moves
Mini isn’t the first brand to make this leap recently. In fact, the company is just one of many automakers to promise change.
Volkswagen Group has also decided to push the production of electric vehicles up to 70% by 2030. Initially, the company aimed for 35% but upped that. Porsche has also decided that 80% of the lineup will be electric by 2030.
Toyota just announced Toyota x Prologue last week, which will likely be sold in the European and Japanese markets.
The U.S. is a bit behind in our consumption of electric vehicles, but that is changing too. In Europe, the government increased the bonus offered for purchasing electric cars. In turn, sales for electric vehicles also increased.
At the end of 2020, the UK was tossing around the idea to move up a ban on internal combustion engine (ICE) powered cars. According to BBC, it was initially planned for 2035, but the country moved it to 2030 under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “green industrial revolution.”
For 2022, the brand has the new Mini Cooper SE Hardtop 2 Door coming out. Starting at $29,900, it has produces 181 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque.
It also claims to get 110 miles per charge, which is considerably less than other similar vehicles. Since this is a new venture, these stats will likely improve.
110 miles doesn’t seem like a lot, but it would get you back and forth to the store a few times. Not all drivers need a long-range vehicle, but it is handy to have. The electric Mini’s price point might put an EV in the hands of someone who was priced out of it previously.
The electric Mini might not be for everyone, but it seems like a step in the right direction.